The Effects on Children When Exposed to Aggression

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The effects on children when exposed to aggression The aim of the report In this report we would like to emphasise to parents the effects that watching acts of aggression can have upon children. Drawing on evidence found in an experiment by A.Bandura and colleagues( 1963 ) we will outline the findings and bring to your attention the possible outcome of exposing children to violent behaviour. Background In 1963 research was carried out by Albert Bandura and colleagues known as the 'Bobo doll studies'. As a psychologist at Stanford University, USA. Bandura conducted research into social learning and was interested in the possible effects that watching aggression on media or in real life could have upon children. He devised an experiment where children were put into different situations where they witnessed acts of aggression towards a five foot tall toy doll, the children were then observed to see if they did indeed imitate the aggressive behaviour. The Bobo doll studies in more detail The experiment was conducted using 96 children split into 4 groups of 24. All the children took part in the experiment individually but under different circumstances according to which group they were in. The first group were taken into a room and sat at a table with some toys. Shortly afterwards a researcher entered the room and after a while began to act aggressively to the Bobo doll. The second group went through a similar experience but instead of a real person acting out the aggression they were shown a person acting aggressively to the doll on a television screen. The third group were shown a cartoon character on television acting aggressively and the fourth group were shown no aggressive acts at all. The children were then sent to another room where there were non-aggressive toys to play with and also a Bobo doll. The researchers then watched the children's
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